Oklahoma City Thunder tickets are so expensive because Oklahoma City is boring and season-ticket holders refuse to sell their seats on StubHub, CNBC’s Darren Rovell reported today.To be fair, Rovell says that the second factor — that diehards refuse to give up their seats — is more important.
But he still pinpoints OKC nightlife, and his assessment is brutally honest:
First of all, there’s obviously not the same amount of entertainment options in Oklahoma City as there is in Miami. That makes the Thunder basketball game pretty much the only place to be.
It makes sense that OKC’s dearth of “entertainment options” makes season-ticket holders more likely to hang on to their seats and go to games — so the two factors aren’t exactly mutually exclusive.
Oklahoma City is one of the smallest markets in the NBA, but it’s still a relatively large American city with restaurants and movies theatres and such.
So while it’s fair to say the Thunder are a bigger deal in OKC than the Heat are in Miami, Rovell’s assertion that a Thunder game is “pretty much the only place to be” in the whole city might be a bit strong.
Rovell reports that tickets to Game 1 in OKC are an average of ~$90 more expensive than tickets to Game 3 in Miami. And Game 2 tickets in OKC are an average of ~$350 more expensive than Game 4 in Miami.
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